Drunken Russian sailor avoids jail
A Russian sailor found drunk in charge of a ship's engine room has received a 12-month conditional discharge and been sacked.
Mikhail Isruglotov was discovered heavily over the limit twice in three days while the vessel was sailing in Belfast Lough – both on and off duty.
The 53-year-old chief engineer is to be sacked for the maritime offences and flown home to Russia. But a judge declined to impose a fine on him after being told it would result in him being imprisoned through having no money to pay it.
Appearing at Belfast Magistrates Court yesterday, Isruglotov, from Arkhangelsk in the Russian Federation, pleaded guilty to charges of being a professional master of a ship and having excess alcohol while on duty and off.
Police were first called last Friday after the captain of the Fluvis Taw found him drunk on board.
He was brought to court on Saturday before being released on bail. But he was arrested for breaching those conditions later on Saturday after failing another breath-test.